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the latest on president obama's affordable health care plan, and how it will affect you and your family.
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plus, how to prepare for the next big one and learn how to give kids the leading edge in schools. all next on "black renaissance."
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. good morning, i'm your host dr. brenda wade. we have all heard by now about president obama's affordable health care act, commonly known
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as obama care. most of us have no idea what it means or how it will affect us and our families. here to offer her take on this system, is board certified anesthesiologist and member of the association of american physicians and surgeons, dr. marilyn singleton. welcome, dr. singleton. >> hi, good to see you. >> thank you for being with us. now, obama care is complex. everyone is trying to figure out what does it mean, how will it impact us. as a physician, of course, you have your point of view, sort of from the inside. what would you say to most of us lay people from your vantage point? >> i would say that there are some great things about the new healthcare law. everyone knew that healthcare to to be reformed. one of the big issues is addressing healthcare costs versus how we deal with our medical care. they two different things. the good things are allowing the children to stay on your plan until they're 26 and --
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>> my kids would love that. thank you. >> and they don't stay at home. my daughter's like how am i going to have health insurance. the great thing, they don't have to live at home. >> and we can pick them out in. >> and they would be on the plan. >> that is good for the parents. >> okay. >> and one of the big problems overall, is, one, the focus was on employer-response order healthcare. >> uh-huh. >> and i believe that we need to bring more to an individual market so patients are not tied to a job. >> uh-huh. >> and even though all employers would have to offer it, you still get tide in to a certain plan and who wants to pick up and leave and change and get a different plan. >> all right. >> and one of the things you're
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saying is since it's tied to employers, we needed something that gives individuals more choice, is that right? >> yes. >> is there a provision for that in the plan or is that something that we're looking at something as an amendment to the plan? >> there are provisions, and the health exchanges that are scheduled to start next year, presumably, will offer this. >> we don't know. >> what are the health exchanges. break this down. most of us don't know what that means. >> what a health exchange will be, presumably, because all the regulations are not written yet. >> uh. >> will be that the state can run groups of insurance companies that people can vie to get different types of insurance coverage. people can get subsidies for the coverages if they don't qualify, they're not low-income enough to qualify for medicaid. in california, it's called medi- cal. >> okay. >> and up to 400% of poverty level, which is $88,000 for a family of four. >> and this is kind of a safety net for people in the middle. y that not impoverished enough and not wealthy enough to afford the healthcare. it's a safety net in.
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>> somewhere in between. >> and everyone make a note of that. write this down. safety net, and we have up to 88,000. >> for a family of four. >> if for a family of four. >> and $46,000 for a individual and it's a complex formula of how much premium support people can get. >> all right. >> and if people want to look closely, where do i fall in the safety net in is it there for me? where do you get this information that is written in plain english the way you and i are speaking now. >> that is hard. >> okay. >> the website tries to explain things. i find that actually the keiser family foundation website gives better explains than the government's. >> okay. the keiser family foundation? >> foundation website. >> uh-huh. >> >> uh-huh. >> we love the keiser family foundation. and that is an excellent website. i know that one. >> yes. >> what else would you think, if you're sitting on this side
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as a consumer whereas you're a healthcare provider, as a physician, what is the most important thing a consumer needs to know? about this plan? >> one thing they need to know is that there are limitations that actually courages really loved. people who have flexible savings accounts, their health savings account have more limitations on those. >> uh. >> to raise tax dollars to pay for the other things. >> right. >> that new health savings accounts can't be used to buy over-the-counter medications. >> aha. >> and there is a dollar limit on flexible savings accounts that used to be limited. >> okay. >> and income tax wise, it used to be that you can deduct your medical expenses at a lower tax rate. now, you have to spend 10% of your income in order to deduct those costs. >> so these will affect everybody. >> right yorks and people need
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to be aware -- right. >> and people need to be aware of that. >> y that a tradeoff. >> there is a safety net for those not impoverished and not doing as well as they need to do to get medical insurance, and those of us doing bitter with flexible spending and that sort of thing, will be paying in to help this work? >> and -- . >> i'm trying to translate it into language that will make sense. >> and a lot of people were using the accounts to buy over- the-counter medicines and this is where we get into the idea of cost. >> all right. >> and this is a big issue with the healthcare law, that it doesn't insure costs and would it not be better to pay for very expensive over-the-counter medicines than have the patient go to the doctor and get a prescription and buy the same thing as a prescription medication? >> i see. >> so you see that it's one of those things where, on paper, it sounds good but in reality, you have made the medicine cost three times as much. >> and then we have tradeoffs. there are always tradeoffs. >> yes. >> and looking at both sides of the issue, when it's all said
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and done and we're able to insure people who couldn't get insurance before, which do you think is better? especially now, speaking as a member of the african-american community, where there are more people of color who did not have health insurance, whether they were latin, whether they were african-american because of the disparitys in income. >> uh. >> across our mmunities. do you think that is going to benefit african-americans more to have the obama care? >> i will tell you something. it's hard to say. >> uh. >> because medi-cal is not the greatest healthcare, and more people are being put on to medyical rather than having a -- medi-cal, rather than having a model of less third party and less government payer and have molds where we have physician, more physician care. >> and that is for people who are at the poverty level. >> yes, however, the new healthcare law raises the level of people that can get medi-cal
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and raises some numbers for the types of people who can get medi-cal. >> used to be -- . >> oh, my god, my head is spinning. [ overlapping speakers ] >> my head is spinning, too. and there -- it's complicated but the most important thing is that we need to look at accurate information and to find out where you fall, if you have questions about this, and where your family falls. it's going to benefit some people. it may change things and make ings not as good for others but, overall, where there are places that have bugs and they can work them out, the feedback from people like you is going to be valuable in working the bugs out so we can get better care for everybody. >> absolutely. >> and truly, truly, you know, my own personal feeling is that we have legs behind the rest of the world in terms of having healthcare for the whole population. and so thank you so much for taking the time to be with us.
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>> thank you. >> it's so darn complicated. i learned a couple of things here i can use and i will be talking to my kids about. all right, so, please for more information about affordable healthcare, visit triplegov.healthcarey, and mail her at we have more. stay right there.
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. welcome back. are you prepared? it's been over two years since japan's suffered the terrible 9- int magnitude earthquake, over three years since the devastating shaker in haiti, and we're days away from the anniversary of the san francisco 1906 trim procedures. gregory smith with the american red cross bay area chapter joining us this morning to give us his advice and suggestions on how you can get ready for possible natural disaster. welcome, gregory. >> good morning. >> it's a pleasure to have red cross with us. we have just come up on that anniversary of the 1906 tremblor. what have we learned? >> we learned a great deal. first, the earth sciences around how the affects of earthquakes and the aftermath and what we can expect. we have improved our ability to document and understand those things. we have improved the way in
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which response agencies, like the american red cross and local government, state government, and the federal government, respond to major events happening j. what is the most important thing? at red cross, you're always at the epicenter of any disaster, and being a prove agency, where you depend on public funding is hard to pull all of the pieces together. what is the most important thing changing for red cross? >> the most important thing is our relationship with government, our relationship and accountability and responsibility for responding to and helping individuals, families, and communities recover from, vents like earthquakes. >> uh-huh. how do you do it? i'm really looking for, god forbid, anything happens and red cross has to hit the ground in san francisco. what is the first thing you should do and what is the first thing we should do? >> the first thing, understand and accept that we live in an
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earthquake zone. >> uh. >> wherever you live in the bay area, you are potentially on an earthquake fault or impacted by an event on one of the bay area's earthquake faults. the next thing you can do is simple things like build a kit, build a plan and train. think in terms of the needs -- things you need every day. you need food and water. >> okay. you brought a kit with you. >> yes, i do. >> what is this? >> that is an energy bar. and it's very shelf stable. it will last in your kit for many years. it will provide you with nourishment, food, and we also have water. >> uh. >> in the kit. first aid supplies in the kit and flashlights and batteries. >> okay. what is this? >> this is a personal hygiene kit we have some comfort kits for things like tooth brushes and wash cloths. >> this that is in the kit?
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>> this is in the kit. >> we have flashlights, batteries. >> water. >> drinking water. very important. how much water? i always hear different amounts. how much water should we have? >> in most cases, you want a couple of gallons of water per person per day. >> right. >> and that is what you need to survive but it depends on the length of the event, the amount of time you're going to have to have those resources and the amount of time it takes for additional resources to get into the area. that is why the second thing that you can do is understand that you need to have some resources or some plan for how you're going to care for yourself and in those first 72 or so hours. >> and that is critical. >> yes. >> most people are in the prepared. this kit looks like it has everything under the sun. >> yes. >> and this is amazing. and look at that. you won't lose that. >> no. >> and one of the things i also hear often, gregory, and you
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can clear this up. this is an emergency blanket. >> yes. >> look at how tiny it is. >> if you unfold it, it will hold the warmth, your body heat close to you and keep it warm. >> okay. >> even a small item like that. staying warm is sprint j -- important. >> absolutely. >> especially someone injured and going intosho. we have to keep them warm. the red cross puts the kitting it. is this something we can buy? >> yes, you can g. >> do we get it in. >> go to and tips on where to be prepared, purchase them and how you can take training. >> what kind of training is it? we have a couple of minutes and so much to cover. >> yeah. >> and what kind of train something judge most importantly, the life-saving skills like cpr and first aid and though to do -- to use an ad machine, an electronic defibrillator. >> okay. >> those are the important things. if someone in your community or family is injured, can you provide the life-saving skills. the second level, can you take
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response training and learn how to help support the relief and recovery operation. >> fantastic. and there is so much to learn. one of the things i have to say, my very first job out of school was at the american red cross and i learned something that i am always arguing with people about, which is red cross is not a government agency. >> that is correct. >> it's funded by donors such as ourselves. >> right. >> we have to help if won't red cross to be ready. >> that is correct. >> what is the best way to help in. >> the best way for to you help is by providing the financial support the organization needs. >> what percentage of the dollars goes to being on the ground? >> somewhere between 91-cent and 95 cents. >> wow. >> of every dollar goes directly -- . >> that is high. 91-95. okay, everyone, if you want to learn more about how to prepare you and your family for a quake
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or, if you would like to help the victims in haiti and japan survivors of hurricane sandy who are still recovering, please, log on to trip eel -- there is so much to do to help. thank you, freeingory smith. >> thank you. >> thank you to the red cross for being there. there are a lot of volunteers there. >> yes. stent roy -- step right there. do you want to help kids make the grade? we'll tell you how. be right back. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a breast cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (woman) ♪ and it's beautiful
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collective impact and here to tell us about their outstanding programs and how can you help, stand by for that, is the executive director cheryl davis. cheryl was the founder of one of their very first programs, mo magic and show recently won the jefferson award for public service. congratulations, cheryl. >> thank you. thank you. >> that is a huge honor. >> it is indeed. >> and you deserve it. >> thank you. >> welcome back. >> thank you. >> tell us about collective impact. >> so, collective impact is an incubator of programs and we have the program as a part of that. collective impact supports innovative thinking and changing and ways to bring a difference to the community. >> innovative thinking? >> yeah. >> we have pictures of some of the students, i think. >> last summer, we took a group of kids on a trip there and they loved it. >> i can see that. look at her faces. >> great to get out of the
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neighborhood. >> yes. >> and yoshi's doing the summer kickoff and some of our teams were talking about how to challenge their count parts to be. >> great. and there is nothing like pier modeling. >> request. >> and this is one of the local, taking a tour around the city last year and we wanted to focus on community heros. >> beautiful. >> and this is inspiring j. volunteers from practicefusion, one of our corporate sponsors. >> and this is incredible. you have corporate support, we have people working with young people and young people getting mentorship. >> right. >> and modeling and exposed to a wider world. tell us about one of your students? >> you think, i think for us the key is to talk about first exposure and then education and then having the expectations and recently, was talking with a student and we were talking about when i first started working with her and a group of
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other girls that lived in public housing. >> how old is she? >> she's two. >> -- she's 22. >> oh, my god. >> and she would not necessarily be my greatest story and that idea is we started with her that summer. they had tremendous violence in her neighbor. every night, we went out to dinner and did things and went home. i felt like every night, stepping over caution tape. there was a new murder or new shooting. >> uh-huh. >> and show struggled for years and finally finished, went back and got her ged is going to college and said to me the other day, i appreciate the opportunity to stay connected and for someone to help me focus on breaking the cycle. that is one account. others are, we had a student in the same housing development that is now a freshman at notre dame. >> oh, my gosh. >> and show has stayed with it and worked through her family issues and gone to school at convent and mercy high school and has been able to stay on track. >> one of the things the
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program provides that is so important and from my point of view as a schools, is emotional support. >> exactly. >> because young people exposed to violence are traumatized. >> they are, indeed. >> and we think children's brains are little miniature adult brains. they are not. >> no. >> when a child's brain is exposed to trauma, that child's brain is injured. >> yeah. >> it's changeed. >> by giving emotional support, help the brain to heal. a lot of people say to me as a psychologist, why don't people just stop, why do kids grow up and do that? it's all they know because of a child's brain. i want you to remember this. a child's brain is a miniature recording device. >> yeah. >> whatever they so is what they're going to do. >> that is what i love when you talk about loving yourself. that is what wetri to do and that education and academics are the subject. first, you have to begin to love and appreciate yourself. being validated and values by other people. >> yeah.
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>> and that is what we want to do, we love having you in this community and believe that you might have the cure for cancer or you might be able to stop a fight on the next block. you have the power to change not just your life by the entire community. >> yes, that is what community means. >> yeah. >> collective impact has exposure to the outside world. it has acceptic -- academic support. >> right. >> mentorship. >> and expectation. >> expectation. we expect something from you. >> right. >> what is wrong with this program? nothing. this is fabulous, and you need help because i know you're depending on awful us to support. tell us about the event. >> on may 9th, we're recognizing the greatest sponsors or supporters like the supervisor and mark ferrell and the university of san francisco. we're going to have dinner and we'll have some recognition of our difference supporters and that elf mat thing, we need to raise money for the summer.
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fifty% of the academic achievement gap can be attributed to summer learning loss. >> all right, everybody. thank you, cheryl, for all the work you're doing. congratlations on the jefferson award. >> thank you. >> and for more information and how to help collective impact, that is means collect, all of us help children do their best, visit their website at and attend their upcoming fundraiser, thursday, may 9th from 6-8 at the historic general's residence at number 1 fort mason drive -- 14 mason drive. so important. as you know, i am a family psychologist and we have a new feature right here and this is what you can use on every show. i will give you my best advice. today, when body emotions, mind, and spirit work together, we create our healthiest lives. one block in our thinking created by negative beliefs and words affects your health and the biggest energy zapper is
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